Frequently Asked Questions
The following are questions that new and transfer students frequently ask about Orientation, Academics, Extra Curricular Activities and other general topics.
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- Do I have to attend CORE?
Yes. All incoming (new and transfer) students must attend CORE and required to participate in it's programs.
- When should I arrive and/or move onto campus?
Monday, January 21, 2013. Visit the Arrival Information page for more information.
- Can I arrive early or late?
Unless you have an unusual circumstance, please plan to arrive on time. Wheaton staff is busy preparing for your arrival and won't be ready for you until the morning of Monday, January 21, 2013. Also, because of the importance of the program sessions, arriving late is not recommended.
- What is and what should I expect when I arrive for Orientation?
CORE is your chance to familiarize yourself with Wheaton before the entire campus community returns from January break. When you arrive a group of staff and student leaders will be at the Check-In tables in Balfour-Hood Campus Center. Each table at Check-In is significant because they obtain important documentation and information you will need to complete. Once finished, a student will help you find your dorm room (these students cannot move boxes or help you unpack). The CORE program then allows you to experience Wheaton campus life, attend presentations and participate in traditional events. You’ll meet your faculty adviser, connect to your Preceptors and RAs, receive your school ID card and finalize your class schedule. There will also be social activities to help you meet other incoming students and connect on a more personal level.
- What should I bring/pack?
CORE January is when you officially move into campus! Use the Office of Residential Life's First Year Packing List or this generic online checklist to help guide your packing. Make sure to coordinate with your roommate(s) to avoid bringing too much and check with the Office of Residential Life to ensure that all your items meet safety standards.
- Can I ship or mail things to myself in advance?
Yes. You can mail packages to "Attn: [student name], Wheaton College, 26 East Main Street, Norton, MA 02766". For quicker service, add your mailbox number - you can find your personal mailbox number on insideWheaton. All mail and packages can be picked up at the Campus Mail Service; be sure to check the days and hours of operation.
- Who do I contact if I, or a family member, need an accommodation?
- What is a(n) AC, RA, and Preceptor?
An AC (Area Coordinator) is a professional staff member responsible for the management of campus residence halls. RAs (Resident Advisor) and Preceptors are trained student staff to assist students in campus living and academic life, respectively.
- If I have a question about my classes, who can I speak to?
The CORE January program will offer you multiple opportunities to speak with your preceptors and faculty advisor who will guide you and answer all your questions.
- I didn’t get into all the classes I wanted to. Can I still make changes to my schedule?
You are not too late. Most students change around their classes during add/drop period. This period starts on the first day of classes and continues until March 22, 2013. During this time you can change your schedule using insideWheaton or gray cards. These will be explained to you during orientation by your preceptors. Your preceptors and advisor will also talk to you about your schedule to ensure that it is well balanced and rigorous enough without being overwhelming. Changing classes is simple and very common but it is best to wait until you have arrived on campus and have met with your preceptors and advisors before making changes.
- When should I declare my major?
You can take your time to explore potential options but the deadline for declaring your major is the end of your sophomore year at Wheaton. When you declare, you will be assigned a new advisor in the appropriate department.
- My FYS professor teaches in a department in which I have no interest or experience. Is that okay?
Remember that FYS courses do not require any previous experience or expertise; they are meant to be a general introduction to Wheaton academics. Regardless of what department your FYS professor is from, they can help you explore new interests in college and help you with your academics for your first year.
- Can I take more classes? I am use to taking 6 in high school so I think I will be bored with just 4.
Each class at college requires a lot more time outside of the classroom than your high school classes required. 4 courses is the normal course load at Wheaton and most students feel that this is a rigorous amount of academic work. It is advisable to take the standard course load your first semester before trying to take additional courses (overloading). Your preceptors can help you to design a schedule which will be challenging enough and will still give you a chance to explore all of the extra-curricular activities Wheaton has to offer.
- Do I have to take English 101?
Unless you have scores of 4 or 5 on the AP English exams, you must take an English 101 course during either the fall or spring semester. These courses will help you learn how to write at the college level. This is an important skill to develop; college-level writing has very different expectations from high school writing, and no matter what you major in, you are going to do a lot of writing in college!
- How many credits do I need to graduate?
You are required to have 32 course credits to graduate. For more information on the Wheaton College curriculum look through the links on the First Year Students website. If you have other questions, please contact your preceptors or Academic Advising at (508)286-8215 or firstname.lastname@example.org, You can also find the answers to many questions in the online Academic Planning Guide.
- What is the best way to get involved with student organizations and clubs?
There will be an activities fair on Thursday, January 31, 2013. This is a great opportunity to learn about all the clubs Wheaton has and to sign-up to be on their email lists. You can also visit and join clubs via The Link.
- What kinds of student organizations are offered at Wheaton?
Wheaton has many student organizations including recreational, cultural, and performance based. Click here for a complete list. With so many options make sure you only join a few until you can balance your academics.
- How do I get a campus job or internship?
- Which banks/ATMs are closest to Wheaton?
- Is there a pharmacy near campus?
- What restaurants are in the area?
There are many tasty places to eat in and around the Norton area. Check out our Restaurant Listings page for more details.
- Is public transportation or off campus trips available?
Yes. There are multiple transportation opportunities for the Wheaton community.